Hourly Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals on the Napa River

*10-hour rental block available $175

Calm water, warm weather, stunning scenery and no crowds. All come standard with every rental, so planning the perfect outing is a breeze. Simply choose an option below ... and we'll see you on the river!

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DOWNTOWN & OXBOW*enhanced by Yak Audio

Family-friendly paddling from the Main Street Dock

Explore the renaissance of Downtown Napa and Oxbow Preserve at your own pace - where salt and fresh water meet.  Paddle round-trip into the forested Oxbow Preserve or carry-on, deeper into the northern reach toward the confluence of Milliken Creek or beyond.  Upon your return enjoy convenient access to restaurants and shops above the dock.    You may spot a variety of native birds that inhabit this riparian corridor including the occasional otter, beaver or sea lion.   

Single kayak rentals include our self-guided audio tour FREE for a limited time.

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Roundtrip Distance: Oxbow Preserve  2-miles.   Milliken Creek 4-miles




Nurture your curiosity in nature during this one way paddle finishing in Downtown Napa

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Ride the river along restored wetlands just a few miles south of downtown - where tidal estuary meets the Napa River Valley - including sweeping views of Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak and Coombsville AVA.  Your audio guide will share snippets of history, culture, and ecology to give you a sense of the rich diversity that makes the Napa River—and the entire Napa Valley—so unique. 

Self guided trip distance(s): 2.5, 4 or 6 mile routes 


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Guided tour aboard our hand crafted, wooden whale boat. 
*Kayaks & paddle boards available for self guided trips

We offer guided tours of the Napa River aboard traditional wooden whale boats modeled after those that carried early settlers to the Napa Valley from arriving ships in the San Francisco Bay.  Paddle round trip into Drew's Slough and enjoy views of Mt. Veeder, Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo and Atlas Peak embarking from a private boat launch.  Or, ride the tide from the famed Los Carneros wine region to the Oxbow District of downtown Napa, passing through several different wine appellations and ecological zones visible in the nearby hills.

Perfect for small groups who want to ride in one boat together and leave the paddling to your guide.  

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2-hour minimum rental. $89/half day  $109/full day  *add $10 for Tandem






How do you want to paddle?

Kayak or paddleboard? Single or double? Dogs or kids? Whatever your needs and paddling preference, we've got you covered with premium equipment from brands we love. 


Inflatable Paddleboards

No oversized pool toys here. Only premium inflatables from POP Paddle Co, Kahuna and Red Paddle Co that offer a smooth, stable ride.


Rigid Paddleboards

Try our standard "surf style" cruiser from POP and Glide or upgrade to a displacement hull board.


Single Kayaks

Our premium sit-atop kayaks offer comfort and stability perfect for flat water paddling. 


Tandem (Double) Kayaks

Ride in comfort with 2 adults +1 child or dog on a premium sit-atop kayak from Crescent.  Framed, elevated seats provide extra back support and keep you dry.  Trademarked hull design improves glide!


Fishing Kayaks & Boards

Our fishing fleet includes the full lineup from Vibe: Cubera 120, Shearwater 125 & Yellowfin tandem fishing kayaks – all fully-outfitted with rod holders, bungee straps, paddle seating and dry wells.

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Hobie Tandem Pedal Drive!

 Built for two, hands free! Hobie Outfitter was designed so everything you need is precisely where you want it; Handles, Hatches, Stowage Pockets, Drink Holders, Rod Holders and more. 

The Bay Area's best kept secret.

There's no better place to enjoy an amazing day on the water.



The perfect spot for beginners, kids and anyone looking for effortless outdoor fun.



Calm, clean water and lots of it. Leave rough currents, heavy boat traffic and fog behind.



Surround yourself with wildlife, not wild crowds. You'll have the river all to yourself.


Words cannot explain how amazing the Napa Valley Paddle experience was ... perfect for everyone to enjoy. We will be back to try paddleboarding!


A lovely way to spend a couple of hours. We paddled past downtown and saw lots of birds. Service was friendly & efficient and we felt well taken care of! Can’t wait to go again with our kids.


Paddleboarding with NVP is so easy! You just show up and everything is ready for you to just get on the water and start paddling!

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Justin A.
San Francisco, CA
Anne A.
St. Helena, CA
Jen K.
Marin County, CA


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Enjoy a perfect day on the Napa River!